PUPILS, staff and parents at Meadowside Primary School held a garden party to say goodbye to its first headteacher David Zeal.
He has been head of the Quedgeley school for 14 years – ever since it opened in September 2000.
The buildin was not finished in time for his first term, with three months spent in portable classrooms in the car park.
Mr Zeal had to sell uniforms out of the boot of his car to the first pupils.
However, 14 years later, there is a thriving, vibrant school community which is about to move on to its next phase.
For the past two years, the school has had two co- headteachers Mr Zeal and Samantha Thomas.
From September, the school will be led by Miss Thomas, who also joined in 2000 as a reception class teacher.
Mr Zeal is taking early retirement and hopes to continue to be involved in education projects while enjoying a less hectic pace of life.
He said: “It has been absolutely delightful to see this school grow and flourish and I feel hugely privileged to have led it for 14 successful years.
“It has been a difficult decision to leave but I know the school family will go from strength to strength.”
The school got together on Monday for the garden party and a cricket match.
Miss Thomas said: “The garden party seemed like a great opportunity for the Meadowside family past and present to come together and celebrate the journey so far.
“David has been an inspirational head who will be missed by us all. He has had a positive impact and has led us through many changes and developments, making a difference for our future.
“The school has come such a long way since its beginnings with 37 pupils and four staff. I’m really excited to take the helm for the next phase of our journey.”